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Location of the Month / Re: NSW - Tingha Sands
« on: September 30, 2016, 07:30:45 AM »
It is such a shame...I love the acronym Gemster...yet another step towards a bubble wrap society. Still, we can be grateful that we have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed the experience!

Shows and Events / Re: Emmaville Gemfest 2016
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:48:13 PM »
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. It is pretty cold here at the moment so pack your winter woollies. There is a lot of rain around so don't forget your recovery gear if going off road. Look forward to hearing about your adventures. Sadly we miss out again this year as we are heading home tomorrow after picking up some nice crystals at Tingha and some sapphire.

Location of the Month / Re: NSW - Tingha Sands
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:31:38 AM »
Hi All yes I can confirm that you are no longer allowed to stand under the goodie chute as apparently some people stood too close and were hit on the head...such a shame as I loved the fun of hearing the plop plop plop of the goodies came out. We spent the day there yesterday digging around on the heaps and found some lovely specimens...very sore muscles today but well worth while.

Thanks so much Gemster - I feel for Rhonda and Bill - they are such lovely people and seem to have such trying times. I will give them a call as I just love visiting their property and catching up..sapphires or not.  :)

HI Everyone, does anyone know if Billabong Blue has had their lease renewed yet? We are coming up in a few weeks and would love to visit again.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Swamp Oak Fossicking Park Inverell
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:23:07 PM »
Hi all
Just spent the day here today and it is as good, if not better, than it used to be. The guys next to be found 4-5 decent cutters with awesome colour. Each one was around 3-4 carats. We came away with some pretty colour but not the massive ones he found.
The place has little seating areas and has its lovely charm. Looking forward to a few more days of fun. If you are there during this week and see a family chatting with everyone, that will be us. Love the meeting people as much as the fossicking.

Trip Talk / Re: advice needed :)
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:37:16 PM »
Great advice...particularly throw your pick in the air Capt...exactly my style of fossicking  :)

Trip Talk / Re: advice needed :)
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:00:02 AM »
Thanks for taking the time to respond everyone. Still left me with a hmmmmmmm but will let you know how we go.
Had a ball digging jellies yesterday.

Trip Talk / Re: Sapphire wash in QLD -
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:08:04 PM »
I think Armsfest may do it...we picked up some lovely stones there when we did pay by the bucket. All the best.

Trip Talk / advice needed :)
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:05:17 PM »
Hi everyone, whilst we were up at Torrington yesterday we bumped into some lovely people who told us that some of the best fossicking areas included Wellingrove...from all my readings in ALF it seems that Wellingrove has been done over and pickings are slim. Now you guys are the experts and I am very much the novice...can you tell me your experiences at Wellingrove? I heard a story yesterday about a 20 carat stone being found but what are your experiences? I'm happy to give anywhere a go and am not afraid of hard work, but as we have a limited amount of time left in the beautiful Glen Innes/ Inverell area I would love your expert advice!

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hello
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:20:25 AM »
Welcome Megan...this is an amazing place of sharing and fun. Hope you find many big ones :)

Show off your Gems / Re: A day at Tinga Sands
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:25:14 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone...will look at Lamberts as I have some others that need attention. Great advice as always fellow ALF'ers..thank you.

Show off your Gems / Re: A day at Tinga Sands
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:30:25 PM » text didn't come through...I was wondering how much it is to get quartz cut and any recommendations on the style of cut that best shows off the stone? Does it take a long time to polish quartz? There are some lovely pieces that would look pretty if just were a little shiny...might need to visit the Aussie Sapphire warehouse and pick up some grit.

Show off your Gems / A day at Tingha Sands
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:27:50 PM »
[smg id=5253 type=preview align=center caption="Tinga quartz"]

Shows and Events / Re: Fossicking Fraser Creek Sapphires
« on: April 07, 2013, 08:04:36 AM »
I agree Leah - we have stayed at Glen Innes and Inverell and they are both central to any fossicking. This time we will be staying in Inverell...I love both towns. Will give Seven Oaks a try and was thinking of calling "wings of eagles" and seeing if we can visit there this time.
Cant come to the New England without a visit ti Emmaville and Torrington....then there is aways Tinga.
There are just so many options....are there any places where fossils can be found? Cant seem to find anything on the forums.

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